Announcing Titan Books’ Planet of the Apes anthology lineup! Look! I’m in there!

Over on the Hasslein Books website, writer/editor/all around good guy Rich Handley has been pretty busy, but he took a couple of minutes yesterday to drop some damned dirty Apes news for anyone who might be interested.

Remember that Planet of the Apes anthology I mentioned a little while back? Well, all the contracts have been signed, so Rich was finally able to announce the book’s author roster. Check out this cast of characters:

Dan Abnett
Kevin J. Anderson
Jim Beard
Nancy A. Collins (Really?? :: fanboy ::)
Greg Cox
Drew Gaska
Robert Greenberger
Rich Handley
Gregory Keyes
Sam Knight
Paul Kupperberg
Jonathan Maberry
Bob Mayer
John Jackson Miller
Will Murray
Ty Templeton

and starring me as the Beaver.

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Get the full lowdown on all of the contributors from Rich’s formal announcement:

Hasslein Books: Prose of the Apes – Guiding the Planet on its Next Titanic Adventures

HOLY. SHIT. PEOPLE.

This is insane. Look at the line-up assembled by Rich and co-editor Jim Beard. And then, there’s me. As you can plainly see, my attempts at bribery, extortion, and other forms of coercion continue to reap rewards.

As mentioned earlier, the stories in this new anthology will be able to draw from any of the mythology established in the five original Planet of the Apes films as well as the two subsequent television series. Tim Burton’s 2001 remake and the current “rebooted continuity” films are not included in these parameters.

What will I be writing? Well, glad you asked: I’ll be revisiting a corner of the Ape-o-verse for which I still have something of a soft spot: the 1974 live-action TV series. My story will take place some time after the events of the show’s final episode. What have astronauts Alan Virdon and Peter Burke and their chimpanzee friend, Galen, been up to since then? Hmmm……

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Current plans call for manuscripts to be delivered by the end of February, with the anthology being published in “early 2017,” ahead of the release of the newest film, War for the Planet of the Apes. I’ll share more info as it becomes available. This is going to be fun.

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About Dayton Ward

Freelance word pusher. Husband. Dad. Trekkie. Rush fan (the band). Tampa Bay Bucs fan. Observer/derider of human behavior. I know where my towel is.
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